Hey all. Now before I describe anything, let me just say that I have had Cystic Fibrosis since birth and diabetes for well over a decade. Now my biggest concern is that my mother is wheelchair bound and has heriditary ataxia. Almost all of her siblings have some form of it. Now I have severe gait/balance issues and went to several orthos and it seems that I'm missing a bit of cartilage in my hips since birth, I also have a severe leg length discrepency which I must wear a shoe lift in my right shoe.
I also went to a neurologist 2 different times to try to rule out ataxia. I have had 2 MRI's of my brain 3 or 4 years apart, and they were both normal. But the last time I went to an ortho, he did a physical exam, and concluded that I had extremely weak glutes, hip flexors, and pirifomis muscle. I am doing various stretches that target the afformentioned muscles and it helps a bit, but it's not a "cure."
The thing is, in the past when my blood sugar was high or low it really didn't bother me much at all, because at the time, my muscles were adequate. But now, it really afftects my gait if my blood sugar fluctuates at all.
I did find out that 5 hour energy helps alot, but it gets pretty expensive. I practically live off of that!
Does anybod have any idea why I lost all my muscle strenght in my lower body? I have researched that being on PPI's like Zantac, Pepcid, etc for a long time, decrease your mangnesium level and magnesium is essential for your muscles. Calcium supplements and antibiotics also leech magnesium. I have been on a PPI for over 30 years and I did take calcium supplements and am on anti-biotics often. But I do not think that all of this would cause the type of muscle loss that I am experiencing. I know if you don't use it you're gonna lose it, but I work manual labor 32 hours a week, it's not like I just sit around all day!
I am at a loss for my muscle weakness. I really have no other symptoms except the gait. Any help would be appreciated.